Befriend is a Perth-based social enterprise sparking connected, thriving communities. We’re currently looking for a new colleague to join our Consulting Team in Perth!
Since its launch ten years ago, Befriend has grown to become a powerful change agent in the space of relationships and inclusion. Our grassroots community development initiatives have sparked 10,000 West Australians to take action to nurture community connection, and our work in partnership with citizens, community organisations, researchers and government is changing the conversation around loneliness, isolation and social exclusion. We’re continuing to develop our capability to contribute towards systemic change.
About the Team
We are a small but mighty team, working in a fairly flat organisational structure, trusting and supporting each other to work autonomously and make informed decisions. We are avid learners, experimenters, collaborators and do-ers. We aspire to develop Befriend as a radically-inclusive, participatory organisation that values the contributions of all, and acts with intention to create spaces for autonomy, connection, growth and fun!
The rise of individualised community services has the potential to support the development of natural friendships and relationships in the lives of many people with disability, people with mental ill-health and older adults. But it won’t happen without intention. Our work with community service organisations is helping to spark a shift from ‘paid companionship’ to community connecting, through strategic change initiatives, service design and workforce development. We have seen firsthand that these organisations can develop to become powerful enablers of community contribution and connection. The purpose of this position is to help our organisational partners and their people discover more impactful ways to think and act in order for people to develop enriching relationships, contribute to their community and thrive.
Host learning & development experiences – Design and host sessions for community staff that develop thinking & practice approaches through reflection, discernment and discovery
Consult on service models and practice approaches – Collaborate with key partners and others from our team, supporting the thinking and designing processes for developing service models and staff practices to improve relationship & inclusion outcomes
Nurture relationships – Develop and maintain strong, mutually-beneficial working relationships with key partner organisations to further our shared purpose
We expect this will involve:
Developing discovery experiences – Developing processes for people to gain their own unique insights that lead them towards more impactful ways of engaging
Insight through reflection – Guiding individuals and groups through reflective processes that unlock new perspectives and discernment of new ways forward
Change through experimentation – Supporting people to develop and experiment with new approaches and processes that they can integrate to transform their work
These types of experiences may take place in the context of learning & development workshops, small-group development sessions or 1:1 consultation
The person who we’re looking for is…
Someone who loves working with people on their personal & professional development, and has some deep experience in doing this
Curious, a deep listener who seeks to understand
Hopeful and inherently optimistic, always seeing the possibility and potential
Mindful, helping people slow down, develop awareness and engage more deeply and creatively
Open-minded and open-hearted
Continually learning, developing and growing as a whole human
Comfortable with change and can work across contexts
Someone who puts relationships at the heart of their work and life
A skilful, inclusive facilitator of thoughtful 1:1 sessions and group discussions
Able to self-manage and work autonomously, including the ability to manage work on multiple projects concurrently
Prior experience in the community sector is not essential
We know that you’re your own unique person. We’re not looking to tick boxes or define you against some strict criteria. If many of these statements resonate with who you are and who you might hope to develop yourself to be, we want to hear from you.
Part-time position (0.8 FTE), fixed-term contract to December 2021 with the intention to extend. We are open to discussing flexible options regarding a reduced FTE.
Salary $82,400 pro rata plus superannuation
Generous salary packaging benefits
Bonus Christmas leave period on top of your annual leave entitlements
Work where you want, when you want, how you want. You do you.
Sound like you?
In your cover letter, we expect to learn more about you; what it is about this work that speaks to who you are as a person and the kinds of contributions you want to make to the world around you, and what gifts, strengths, capabilities and experience you hope to bring to our team.
Applications close 11:59pm on 7th March 2021